19 June 2014
Last updated at 13:38
Iconic motorbike manufacturer Harley-Davidson has revealed its first electric motorcycle.
The bike will not go on general sale, instead the firm will select customers from the US to ride it and provide feedback
The bike – dubbed Project LiveWire – will travel down the US’s Route 66 visiting more than 30 Harley-Davidson dealerships between now and the end of the year.
Fans had a mixed reaction to the bike.
“Project LiveWire is more like the first electric guitar – not an electric car,” said Mark-Hans Richer, senior vice president at Harley-Davidson Motor Company.
“It’s an expression of individuality and iconic style that just happens to be electric. Project LiveWire is a bold statement for us as a company and a brand.”
Initial feedback from the Harley-Davidson Riders Club of Great Britain suggested a degree of cynicism.
Dave Scott said: “It looks OK but I’d need a real engine in it.”
Another member, nicknamed Dazzlin, asked how safe it would be: “For an electric bike it has a good look, but I can’t help think a silent bike is a recipe for disaster on our ever increasingly busy roads”.
In a teaser video released by the firm a motorcycle is seen driving down Route 66 almost without noise.